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2008 HK Home Storage Dayi Hong Yun Ripe Pu Erh Cake (50g)

2008 HK Home Storage Dayi Hong Yun Ripe Pu Erh Cake (50g)

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These cakes were originally released by Dayi for their 68th anniversary. This was a premium ripe pu erh offering and when I first tried this tea, it was the best dry storage shu I'd ever had. Made with grade 3 and higher leaves, these little cakes infuse fast and hard. When these first arrived from Kunming, I loved the rich, sweet flavor, although the tea was a bit rough on the tummy and the caffeine absolutely bowled me over.

Over two years of Hong Kong dry storage in my home has thoroughly transformed this tea. The liquor is now much mellower and easier on the tummy. The dry tea cakes smell alive because of the storage.

In the first infusion, the liquor gives me cocoa, date, prune and a hint of baby powder. The liquor is pleasant and thick and I also detect almond notes now that were never present in the past. The bitterness from the sheng added to the ripe pu erh in these cakes has subsided greatly, and there is also a very pleasant hint of raisin. 

The second infusion brings forth active fresh bread/yeast notes that I love to find in my home storage as they are a sure sign of active aging and fermentation! I also find these flavors quite pleasant.

Infusion three presented me with spice notes that reminded me of a Christmas pudding!

The fourth infusion was when this tea finally started to really open up. The compression on these little cakes is very tight. I got chocolate and sweet cake notes.

Infusion five presented me with jujube and more chocolate.

This tea went for 11-12 infusions when I tried it last, which is excellent longevity, as you would expect from a premium Dayi ripe! Dayi ripes are the gold standard against which all ripe pu erh is judged. These cakes are really excellent and very underrated. These cakes are likely to be the furthest along as far as aging that you are likely to find online, so if you'd like to try a well-aged and well-stored example of this recipe, this is your chance! I have a very limited amount of this tea in my home storage, but I do have more in the warehouse that I will be offering soon!

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